Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What degrees does the program offer?
    Our program offers nonthesis Masters, thesis Masters, and PhD degrees.

  2. Does the program confer online degrees?
    Our program does not confer online degrees, though we are developing online certificate programs that may be offered in the coming years. Graduate courses are currently taught on ground.

  3. Does the program offer any financial support?
    Under most circumstances, our program offers graduate stipend and tuition support only for those candidates seeking a PhD degree. All stipend and tuition support offered to applicants is fully guaranteed for up to 5 years for those maintaining good standing in the program.

  4. Does the program offer a fee waiver?
    For each cycle a limited number of application fee waivers may be available for those applicants that demonstrate a) appropriate qualifications and b) financial need. To be considered for a fee waiver, fill out the pre-application form at (Include link).

  5. Is there a GRE requirement to be admitted in the program?
    The GRE is currently not required for admission applications. If you have a GRE score you are welcome to include it with your application materials. Our program does not have a specific GPA cutoff. We evaluate every applicants’ materials as a whole. We do find letters of recommendation to be particularly useful when they speak to an applicant’s previous experience and their potential as an independent scientist.

  6. What are the requirements for admission?
    All applicants to our program must meet all University of Memphis Graduate School requirements. There are no exceptions.

  7. Can I send my application materials for pre-evaluation?
    No pre-evaluations of applicant materials will be made. Only fully completed WedAdmit applications will be considered.

  8. Is there a deadline for application?
    Our program has deadlines for full consideration of applications:

    a. For Fall admits, WebAdmit applications received before January 1st (International applicants) and February 1st (Domestic applicants) will be given full consideration.
    b. For Spring admits, WebAdmit applications received before July 1st (International and Domestic applicants) will be given full consideration.

    Processing cannot be guaranteed for applications received after the deadline.

  9. When should I expect to hear back about my application?
    Decisions will be announced on set days:

    a. For Fall admits, offers, declinations, and waitlist decisions will be made on March 1st.
    b. For Spring admits, offers, declinations, and waitlist decisions will be made on August 1st.

  10. How can I learn more about the program?
    Opportunities to speak with our graduate coordinator via virtual meetings can be scheduled by sending a request to gradchem@memphis.edu and including: a) four combinations of days and times that you can be available for a 30 min discussion and b) your time zone.

  11. Can campus visits be arranged?
    Campus visits for admitted students will be considered by sending a request to gradchem@memphis.edu.